Free Picks: UAB vs WKU College Football Picks, Predictions 10/17/20
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WKU Hilltoppers (1-2) at UAB Blazers (3-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 1:30 pm (Legion Field)
The Line: UAB Blazers -13.5 -- Over/Under: 44.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and UAB Blazers meet Saturday in week 7 college football action at Legion Field.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers need a bounce back showing to rebound from a rough 1-3 start to the CFB season. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have won five of their last seven road games. Tyrrell Pigrome is completing 58.1 percent of his passes for 559 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions. Pigrome has five touchdown passes in his last three games. Mitchell Tinsley and Xavier Lane have combined for 310 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Dayton Wade has 15 receptions. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers ground game is averaging 113 yards per contest, and Pigrome leads the way with 225 yards on 54 carries. Defensively, Western Kentucky is allowing 30 points and 409 yards per game. Devon Key leads the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers with 33 tackles, DeAngelo Malone has two sacks and Omari Alexander has one interception.
The UAB Blazers look for their third home win to build on their 3-1 record. The UAB Blazers haven’t lost a home game since November of 2014. Bryson Lucero is completing 60.3 percent of his passes for 652 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions. Lucero and Tyler Johnston III have combined for nine touchdown passes and four interceptions this season. Myron Mitchell and Austin Watkins Jr. have combined for 607 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Hayden Pittman has nine receptions. The UAB Blazers ground game is averaging 179.2 yards per contest, and Spencer Brown leads the way with 450 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, UAB is allowing 22.3 points and 345.8 yards per game. Noah Wilder leads the UAB Blazers with 28 tackles, Nikia Eason Jr. has two sacks and Keondre Swoopes has one interception.
The Hilltoppers are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Blazers are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games in October, 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 home games and 20-9-1 ATS in their last 30 games as a favorite. The over is 7-3 in Hilltoppers last 10 games overall. The under is 17-8-1 in Blazers last 26 conference games.
Western Kentucky has had defensive issues this season whenever playing decent or above-average competition and their only win on the season came against Middle Tennessee. The UAB Blazers have quietly been one of the more impressive teams in college football up to this point, and their only loss was on the road against Miami where they hung around for much of that contest. UAB has been a covering machine at home these last couple of years and has covered 20 of its last 29 conference games overall.
I'll take UAB by a couple of touchdowns.